Foxworth team's second pick to agree to deal

Updated: July 22, 2005, 9:18 AM ET
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

Third-round choice Domonique Foxworth, one of three cornerbacks selected by the Denver Broncos in the 2005 draft, and expected to play a key role in the revamping of the team's secondary, has reached agreement on his first NFL contract.

The former University of Maryland standout is the second of Denver's six choices to come to terms, joining seventh-round punter Paul Ernster. He is just the sixth player chosen on the first day of the draft to come to an agreement leaguewide. There have been only about 90 agreements from a draft pool of 255 players.

None of the first-round choices have agreements. Only two second-rounders have deals, and Foxworth is just the fourth third-rounder to reach a contract agreement.

Foxworth will sign a three-year deal worth $1.355 million. It includes a signing bonus of roughly $430,000 and standard minimum base salaries of $230,000 (2005), $310,000 (2006) and $385,000 (2007). The first-year salary cap charge is about $373,400.

The 97th prospect chosen overall, Foxworth was the last of the cornerbacks selected by the Broncos, as the team addressed the position with its first three picks. Denver, which did not have a first-round choice, took Darrent Williams of Oklahoma State in the second round, Washington State's Karl Paymah with the earlier of its two selections in the third round, and Foxworth with the latter pick in the third stanza. Williams is expected to also play a significant role on special teams as a return man.

Broncos officials hope the cornerback trio reverses the recent history of futility the team has suffered with draft choices at the position. From 1995 to 2004, a term that corresponds with coach Mike Shanahan's tenure in Denver, the Broncos chose eight cornerbacks. Five of the choices were first-day picks, two were first-rounders, and none was chosen lower than the fifth stanza. Only two of those eight corners are still on the roster.

Foxworth was a three-year starter at Maryland, an excellent athlete with solid cover skills and more toughness than his frame (5-feet-10, 178 pounds) would indicate. He had 142 tackles, eight interceptions and 31 passes defensed in 40 career appearances, all starts.

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